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Balancing School, Work, and Family

29 September 2015 By Emily Hohf

10.1Pursuing an education is a great way to create future opportunities for yourself and your family.

It’s absolutely worth it, but there will be some shifting needed to accommodate your schedule.

Working to further your education comes with the challenge of balancing class, your current employment, and your family. Finding balance is possible and many people do it every semester. Here are four helpful tips to maintain balance as you continue your education.

 

1) Work With Your Family

Your family is going to be your strongest support system while you juggle your responsibilities. They will remain your top priority. Don’t forget that you are a priority for them too. Try to include them in the process. Keep them filled in on your day to day event and let them know how they can help!

  • Your Kids

Keep your kids filled in on your plans with work and school. They want to feel included and helpful, but they still want to feel important. You could set up a daily time to do your studying while your kids do their homework. This will help them feel included with everything you have going on.

  • Your Significant Other

Communication with your significant other will be the key to a successful life balance. Make schedules and communicate about responsibilities and priorities. Remind your significant other how much you appreciate and rely on his/her help. Don’t allow the stress of school to build a wedge between you two. Rather, use it as an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with a brighter future.

 

2) Seek Out Support

Find external support from people that are in the same situation as you. At school, you will encounter many people that are trying to maintain that work/life/school balance, just like you. Work together! Share notes. Share ideas. Share experiences that have helped you find balance. Being able to talk to someone that is going through the same phases in life will be very helpful.

 

3) Relax

The concept of relaxation might seem like crazy talk, but it isn’t. You need to be able to take some time each day to breathe and relax. Allowing yourself the time to destress will contribute to your overall success. Balance cannot be achieved if your mind is sporadic and exhausted. Take time to center your mind so that you can function at peak performance.

 

4) Stay Organized

It will be easy to say, “I’ll clean that up later,” or “I’ll do laundry next week.” Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination and clutter lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Kindly remind your family to pick up after themselves. Explain to them that you have a lot going on with school and do not have as much free time as you once had. They want you to be successful and will be willing to do their part!  Another helpful tip is organizing everything before you start school. Being organized and knowing where everything belongs will prevent clutter from accumulating. Put things away after they are used. Wash dishes after they’ve been dirtied. Clearing clutter as it presents itself is the best way to maintain a calm atmosphere.

Hopefully, you will be able to implement some of these tips into your lifestyle when you start your education at Pioneer Pacific College! If the balance is hard to find, talk with teachers and staff. Our main goal at Pioneer Pacific is your success! To learn more about our enrollment process visit our website.

 

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